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Robin Tait – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Robin Tait from Devonport, Tasmania, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Blundstone, Robert Gatenby Memorial Trust and Tasmanian Alkaloids. She will investigate how regeneration agriculture principles can be integrated into cropping systems with the aim to reduce reliance on synthetic inputs for crop production.

Robin currently manages in excess of 400 hectares of a mixed cropping operation for Botanical Resources Australia (BRA). In this position, she provides agronomic advice for BRA commercial and their farm crops and coordinates harvesting and planting of pyrethrum and wheat.

Robin’s Scholarship research will be particularly pertinent to her work at BRA through establishing and implementing practices in BRA’s cropping enterprise that are aligned with regeneration agricultural principles.

“The majority of crops established in Tasmania are from very small seed and require a fine tilthed seed bed for consistent establishment,” Robin said.

“The system used and recommended by processing and seed companies involves substantial soil cultivation and extended periods of time with no plant cover. This makes it very difficult to incorporate the philosophies of regeneration farming to build a thriving ecosystem allowing plants to form natural resistance.

Through her study, Robin hopes to further research cover cropping, reduced tillage methods, companion planting, biological inputs and methods of crop monitoring, which can be used to increase plant health as a means to reduce reliance on synthetic inputs.

Robin will travel to the USA, Canada and Europe.

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